American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mythology The ancient Egyptian god whose annual death and resurrection personified the self-renewing vitality and fertility of nature.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A principal Egyptian god, personifying the power of good and the sunlight, united in history and in worship in a sacred triad with Isis as his wife and Horus as their child. He is son of Seb and Nut, or Heaven and Earth. His antagonist is Set, the deity of evil or darkness, by whom he is slain; but he is avenged by Horus, and reigns in the lower world. With him was formally identified every departed soul in its nether abode, to be protected by him in the necessary conflict with the genius of evil. The worship of Osiris was extended, at about the beginning of the Christian era, over Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome. In art Osiris is usually represented as a mummy, wearing the crown of Upper Egypt, often flanked by ostrich-plumes. The accompanying cut represents a bronze figurine in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
- n. [NL.] In zoology, a genus of hymenopterous insects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Myth.) One of the principal divinities of Egypt, the brother and husband of Isis. He was figured as a mummy wearing the royal cap of Upper Egypt, and was symbolized by the sacred bull, called
Apis. Cf. Serapis.
- n. Egyptian god of the underworld and judge of the dead; husband and brother of Isis; father of Horus
- From Ancient Greek Ὄσιρις (Osiris). (Wiktionary)
“According to Hellanicus, if a person had in Egypt made inquiry about the term Osiris, he would not have been understood: for the true name was  Usiris.”
“The Knef of the Egyptians, their Oshiret and Ishet, which we call Osiris and Isis, are neither less ingenious nor ridiculous.”
“Oshireth, whom we call Osiris, does, together with Isheth, or Isis, all the good of which he is capable.”
“Egyptians, had fought against Oshiret, whom we call Osiris, and cut him to pieces.”
“Now the court of Osiris is going to judge the rulers of Egypt, from the founding father of the country,”
“It has been said that of the component elements of his hieroglyphical name, Isis is the first, and that the name Osiris really signifies the "Eye of Isis.”
“After the name Osiris comes the deceased person's own name.”
“But on this one night of the year, that of the feast of him whom we call Osiris, but whom other nations have known and know by different names, it is given to us once more to be mortal for an hour, and, though we be but shadows, to renew the loves and hates of our long-perished flesh.”
“Divinities, one the Sun, whom they called Osiris, and the other the”
“A soft-spoken man whose trim physique and soft smile belie his 54 years, Roddy, together with his wife, Gail, turned his avocation of mentoring tough kids into a nonprofit outfit called Osiris that works with about 35 kids annually at the Hennepin County Home School, a detention facility for teens.”
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